18 Mar 2019 • Sound
Obviously, the soundbooths at the new Farfetch office look great
With its Urban Neighbourhoods approach for office design, fashion e-tailer Farfetch wants employees to be as mobile as the website’s internationally sourced inventory. That means having the ability to easily move from office to office in key city centres, but also moving from space to space within a single location. The latter is something that Studiofibre, the company’s spatial design partner worldwide since 2015, has taken into account in the new Downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
As the soundbooth is now a key component of the post-open-plan-backlash workspace, Studiofibre made these private spaces central to the project. The client being stylishly adventurous Farfetch, though, allowed them to experiment with bespoke craft: the team designed its own sinuous response to the more straight-lined proposals currently available on the market.
Labeled The Speakeasy, the custom booth is made with high-grade plywood slats shaped like the child of a wooden handheld fan and the inside of an Olivetti typewriter. ‘It is as much a sculptural installation as it is a piece of furniture,’ explained Studiofibre co-founder Fiona Livingston. The pods include a leather lean-seat, a spot for a laptop and hidden built-in tech that makes video conferencing a one-step process. ‘The plywood slats help absorb sounds inside the booth, but the materials and the organic shapes we chose provide a very human and tactile antidote to the ever-present technology in the workplace.’
They also extended this vision to a hybrid circular booth that allows employees to meet privately in the open. Christened Infinity Booths, ‘there is no dominant head of the table and every seat is equal, so it encourages [a horizontal] sharing of ideas and creativity amongst employees,’ added Livingston.
Now, if only those employees could also share when the new Mansur collection is dropping, that would be amazing.